Starting in 2006 a group of local volunteers have run the Barrow & Denham Good Neighbours Scheme. The Parish Plan has recently brought it again to the attention of people in Barrow and Denham, and we are pleased that many new volunteers are happy to join our group – not just retired people, but also younger members of the community.

Helpline Telephone: 07930 328 930

The Good Neighbours aim to provide small scale, simple and occasional help. Requests have been mostly for lifts to the West Suffolk Hospital, the Surgery, the hairdresser and supermarkets. At other times we have been asked to sit with a sick relative, carry out very simple DIY jobs and repairs and to help fill in forms.

All these services are totally free, but when a lift is involved, then 40p per mile (present rate) is charged to cover the driver’s costs.
We have always been very much open to ideas, and the nature of the organisation has evolved throughout the years.  While we can usually find a volunteer willing and able to help, sometimes we are not able to; or we have to say that the request is outside our ability to help.

Some new ideas have already been suggested, like looking after pets in an emergency when their owners are ill or in hospital, or just having a chat with lonely people.

Pass this information on to people who you think could do with our support, and keep the Helpline Telephone Number 07930 328 930 handy for when it is needed.

Anyone needing help should call at least 2 days in advance if possible, and be ready to leave a message with their name and contact phone number, and a volunteer will call back to get more information as soon as they can.

Contact Details

Helpline Telephone: 07930 328 930